Bears receivers coach sees “tremendous potential” in Alshon Jeffery


Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery was limited by knee and thumb injuries in his rookie season, but he has already done enough this offseason to impress his position coach.

Chicago receivers coach Mike Groh told the Chicago Tribune that Jeffery, who played in 10 games with six starts and caught 24 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns last season, has stood out for him during offseason work.

“I’ll say this about Alshon: He’s really invested,” Groh said. “I have seen improvement in the very short time I have been able to work with him. He certainly has tremendous potential.”

Brandon Marshall remains the clear-cut top receiver for the Bears, but they’d like to spread the ball around a little more effectively than they did last year, when Marshall caught 118 passes for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns, and no other wide receiver caught even 30 passes or had even 400 yards. The Bears would love to see Jeffery go from having tremendous potential to being a tremendous No. 2 receiver.

22 responses to “Bears receivers coach sees “tremendous potential” in Alshon Jeffery

  1. From his games last year, it looks like the Bears might actually have 2 legitimate starting NFL recievers! I can’t remember the last time that happened.

  2. he should have no problem being the # 2 guy since the bears will be running a real offense this year. or at least something that resembles one which is more than you can say since Jay Cutler came to Chicago. come on even you people who hate him have to admit he has been handicapped by what they claim was offense during his time with the bears. I would love to have seen the “elite” qb’s play 1 game in Tice’s system let alone a season and make it thru alive let alone put up respectable numbers.

  3. It was pretty clear in the games he was healthy that Cutler liked Alshon as a target. If he stays healthy, I think he could be special. But that also means Aaron Kromer and his new o-line have to keep Cutler upright.

  4. the only thing that will keep A-Jeff from having a breakout season is he has to stay healthy. when he did play he was productive.

  5. I see Marshall having around 100 catches, 1,100 yards, and 12 TDs…Jeffery, if he stays healthy, will excel as the #2 WR…I’d like to see Marquess Wilson beat out Bennett as the #3 guy…Then, with M. Bennett and Forte both catching passes out of the backfield, defenses will no longer key on B-Marsh.

  6. Protect your quarterback and he’ll connect with Marshall and Jeffery this season. Should be a great season!

  7. Its Chicago’s turn this season. and it all depends on the O-line. If they can keep Cutler on his feet and open a decent hole for Forte every now and again Cutler will take Chicago to the Superbowl and WIN it. The Bears have Everything they need to do it. except for the O-line.

  8. Ok then, as the old saying goes, put all of fill one hand with all the world’s cr#p, and the other with all the world’s potential.

    Which hand fills up first?

  9. The Chicago Bears has almost everything they need to go to the Superbowl. the O-line is the problem. they have to keep Cutler on his feet and open up some decent holes for Forte to run threw. Trestmen sharpining up Cutler will help but the O-line MUST come up big

  10. every player in the NFL, exept Sanchez, has potential, with that said, Jeffrey needs to step the hell up or its just another sad waste of talent.

  11. Its all up to the O-line. the Bears can WIN the Superbowl this season.
    If the O-line keep Cutler on his feet and open up a decent hole for Forte
    now and again.

  12. If he keeps his weight down and Cutler stays healthy, he can have decent numbers. But come on Bears fans, you are seriously predicting a Super Bowl? Sheesh.

  13. @purpleguy:

    Why not? The talent is much better on offense, especially on the o-line and at TE, and it all boils down to the players buying in to Trestman’s system, and everyone staying healthy. And the defense, despite losing Urlacher, Roach, and Idonije, should still dominate.

    All that being said, the biggest question is whether the team can succeed in year one of a new coaching regime, and finally end the recent hex GB has had over us.

    Should be a tight race in the North, in any case.

  14. No Friggin Litter

    The NFL is littered with
    “tremendous potential”

    Too bad he has a QB who only has eyes for BM(s)

  15. purpleguy says:
    “If he keeps his weight down and Cutler stays healthy, he can have decent numbers. But come on Bears fans, you are seriously predicting a Super Bowl? Sheesh.”


    That truly is hilarious coming from a Vikings fan. You guys squeak in because of AP and get smacked in the 1st Round, and you have bad things to say about the Bears? Remind me when the last time was that your team even WENT to a Super Bowl?..hmmm???

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